The petite island of Madeira (seriously, it's just 57km long and 22km wide) has been kept under wraps by locals. With a subtropical Mediterranean climate, lush vegetation and world-famous wine, we can hardly blame them for wanting to keep this Portuguese paradise to themselves. Explored Porto and Lisbon? Make Madeira's laid-back and low-key capital, Funchal, next on your travel wish list. The city draws crowds for its contagiously chic charm, so settle in and soak it all up. For tapas on tap, be sure to reserve a seafront table at Avista.
Where to stay: Quinta da Casa Branca